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May 06 2022

THEATER: A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER/MISS HOLMES RETURNS

By |2022-05-06T22:59:44-04:00May 6th, 2022|Theater|0 Comments

Race on over to the LYRIC STAGE to see the Tony Award-winning Best Musical A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER! This is a sparkling production of a truly hilarious farce featuring a crack cast in a crackpot musical murder mystery-- in reverse! We know who done it -- it's the how that keeps things [...]

May 03 2022

THEATER: AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’/ BLACK SUPER HERO MAGIC MAMA

By |2022-05-05T11:54:33-04:00May 3rd, 2022|Theater|0 Comments

There are some fabulous shows onstage in Boston, right now! At the top of the list is a kick-ass production of the Tony Award-winning musical AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' The Fats Waller Musical now onstage at  Central Square Theater! Trust me-- you don't want to miss this. The joint started jumpin' before the show even began! The [...]

Apr 27 2022

THEATER: 2022 ELLIOT NORTON AWARD NOMINEES & PRIZE WINNER ANNOUNCED!

By |2022-04-27T19:57:41-04:00April 27th, 2022|Theater|0 Comments

It's that time of year again and the Boston Theater Critics Association (BTCA) of which I am proud to be President, has just announced more than 60 nominations in over two dozen categories of outstanding actors, directors, designers, choreographers, musicians, and productions for the 39th Elliot Norton Awards! Read the complete list of nominees at [...]

Apr 22 2022

THEATER: BURGERZ/ AIN’T TOO PROUD The Life And Times Of THE TEMPTATIONS

By |2022-04-22T23:42:09-04:00April 22nd, 2022|Theater|0 Comments

There are two fabulous shows in town right now right next door to each other: BURGERZ at The Paramount and AIN'T TOO PROUD The Life And Times of THE TEMPTATIONS at The Opera House! BURGERZ closes this weekend so time is short and so is the show. Only 70 minutes, but it packs a wallop--and [...]

Mar 27 2022

THEATER: ONCE ON THIS ISLAND/FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME

By |2022-03-27T15:19:28-04:00March 27th, 2022|Theater|0 Comments

There's a celebration happening on at least two stages in Boston-- The Emerson Colonial and SpeakEasy Stage and it's just what we need in the shadow of the Ukraine, the pandemic, rising sea levels, and assorted other ills this flesh is heir to. But spring has sprung again and these two shows reinforce joy and [...]

Feb 25 2022

THEATER: SUMMER/DREAMING ZENZILE

By |2022-02-25T17:04:55-05:00February 25th, 2022|Theater|0 Comments

Seeing "SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical" at the Colonial Theatre this week made me long for six more weeks of WINTER.  The show which attempts to tell the story of Boston's own LaDonna Adrian Gaines who became the Queen of Disco, is a fiasco from beginning to end. In addition to limp direction and limper choreography, [...]

Feb 15 2022

THEATER: PEOPLE, PLACES, THINGS

By |2022-02-16T12:44:03-05:00February 15th, 2022|Theater|0 Comments

If anyone doubted that Chekhov could be funny and tragic at the same time, keep your eyes on Marianna Bassham in the opening scene-within-a-scene of "The Seagull" and the actress's hilarious, out of her mind, dazed and confused, wounded deer-in-the-headlights mashup of her character Nina's dialogue before knocking over sets and collapsing on the floor. [...]

Feb 04 2022

THEATER: THE BLUEST EYE

By |2022-02-08T12:37:32-05:00February 4th, 2022|Theater|0 Comments

The title alone--THE BLUEST EYE--suggests the shards of an iris, a lens on a deep dark sea of meaning.  Now, the depth and richness of the Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison's language and vision is profoundly illuminated by Lydia R. Diamond's sleek 2005 adaptation of Morrison's first novel and The Huntington's graceful and penetrating production-- [...]

Jan 24 2022

THEATER: MR. PARENT/PRETTY WOMAN

By |2022-01-24T17:45:26-05:00January 24th, 2022|Theater|0 Comments

I recently went to the theater, vaxxed and masked, and saw two productions which couldn't have been more diametrically opposed. One was an honest, affecting, reality-based memoir that shed light on one of the most crucial and challenging issues of our times. The other was a repackaged bundle of cliched claptrap, an embarrassment in motion.  [...]